Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thursday Recap

Today has been a total blessing. From the moment I woke up I just felt the Lord was so close ( as He always is) and that we were doing today together.

I woke up at 4:15 this morning (My Mom might have just gone into shock reading that) and arrived at the Hanover YMCA a few minutes before 5. One of the requirements of Gettysburg Master's Commission is that we work out for one hour, three times a week. A man from the church showed some of our team this morning how to use the machines in the strength training circuit. After that we did cardio and soon I headed back home to get ready for the day. As I mentioned in my last post, I am definitely a heavy sleeper. Getting out of bed is not a skill that comes easily to me... haha. Some mornings even my alarm clock, blaring two inches from my head, can't wake me up. But this morning there was no problem, I woke up and felt so good.

After leaving the Y and arriving back home, I spent a beautiful hour journaling. This was such a victory. In the midst of being so busy and, honestly,  overwhelmed some days by all I need to get done, journaling has really taken a back seat. Even though I love it and believe it is so important, it kind of became an area of frustration as it felt more like "just another task". But God keeps softening my heart and helping me to take joy again in journaling again, among other things that are easy to neglect with such a busy schedule.

Stepping out of the front door today after getting ready, the weather was so perfect. It was sunny and warm and felt so fall-like. Another little blessing of the day :) I took a trip to New Oxford Coffee Co with Kimmy, another 1st year, with the goal of getting some blogging done. That didn't happen, but that's okay! It was nice to just talk and enjoy something so simple and fun.

At the church we ate lunch, made progress on our human video we're creating to the song 'Revelation' by Third Day, and took scripture memory quizzes. Later I was so blessed to be able to talk to my good friend, Charity, from home. She is an incredibly faithful woman of prayer and every opportunity I have to speak with her is such a blessing. She encourages me and challenges me and, like I told her, every time she prays for me it feels like Christmas. Haha it is just such a gift! The Holy Spirit so led her prayers today and really ministered to me and spoke straight to my heart. Praise the Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit, prayer, and good friends!

Oh, and to finish off the evening, I accidentally took a nap and then ate a delicious late dinner made by Lorrie. Side note: I need to write another post about how wonderful my home openers are. I'll do that.
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

On the Road to Tulsa

     It’s been a while since I’ve written, but today I am going to start the process of getting caught up :) I’m currently sitting in the third seat of the church van, occasionally glancing past my computer screen to watch the beautiful landscape of Oklahoma pass by. My Master’s Commission team and our drivers, Scott and Lara, have been on the road since 4 Thursday afternoon and right now, just a little after 2pm on Friday, we are within about 50 miles of Tulsa, our final destination.

       Our home church back in Gettysburg recently planted a church in Tulsa called Freedom Valley Church. We are so excited to spend the weekend with the team that has worked, prayed, and trusted the Lord for this church plant to come about. Freedom Valley Church is currently meeting in a theatre and had its very successful grand opening only a few weeks ago.
A 22 hour drive gets to your head :)
   This is the third out-of-state trip our Master’s Commission team has taken this year. In early September, we spent a day in Virginia with a church plant in Stafford, and just last week we had the opportunity to take part in a Convoy of Hope outreach in Hagerstown, Maryland.

   Our road trip so far has seemed to pass a lot more quickly than I really anticipated. I guess it helps that I didn’t have to drive… and I got a glorious 9 solid hours of sleep. Other team members weren’t so lucky and woke up a lot through the night. They’re all taking naps right now. I am just thankful to be a heavy sleeper. :) All right, well. I think that is all for this post! Just wanted to give you a little update and start to get back into the habit of blogging. There will be more to read once we get there and see what God is doing here in Tulsa!  :) Enjoy your weekend!